Non-public colleges are being investigated for malpractice after “credible proof” some over-inflated trainer grades issued when exams have been cancelled due to Covid.
Ofqual chief regulator Dr Jo Saxton instructed MPs this morning that particular person non-public colleges have been being investigated by examination boards.
Prime grades at non-public colleges soared when exams have been cancelled and changed with trainer grades.
Nonetheless, they plunged this yr when exams returned – regardless of prime grades for grammar colleges, which even have extra higher-attaining college students, hardly falling.
Whereas some consultants urged the info might assist arguments that unbiased colleges inflated final yr’s grades, others urged warning on drawing conclusions.
Rob Halfon, chair of the training choose committee, requested Saxton at this time whether or not this was proof non-public colleges “gamed the trainer assessed system”.
“Tempting as it’s to make comparisons, it was a completely completely different type of evaluation. That mentioned, Ofqual takes all allegations of malpractice and dishonest extraordinarily critically,” she mentioned.
“We require the boards to research any credible proof of malpractice and dishonest. I do know there are ongoing investigations.”
Pressed additional on the listening to into this yr’s examination outcomes, Saxton clarified that there have been particular person circumstances of malpractice being investigated at non-public colleges.
She mentioned whereas examination boards run the investigation, Ofqual is tasked with monitoring them – so she was unable to remark additional.
On the extra broader subject of the distinction in grades between non-public and state colleges, Saxton mentioned: “It’s considered one of causes I used to be extremely glad we may reinstate exams – it proves exams are the fairest type of evaluation.
“It’s much like the unlucky subject we see with areas. There have been variations in ends in unbiased colleges and different faculty sorts that existed previous to the pandemic.
“They have been exacerbated with out exams and we’ve seen the outcomes from 2022 are nearer to people who existed previous to the pandemic.”